Washington News.

January 13, 1870


The admission of Virginia is still being discussed in D.C. and different politicians are swearing to block it.


Good omens attend the two days' discussion with regard to the admission of Virginia. One of the most significant facts consists in the conservatism expressed by many of the best minds in the Republican party in both Houses of Congress. It proves conclusively that the tide against further proscription in the South is setting in rapidly; and fostered, as it is, by the President of the United States, General Sherman, with the vast majority of the officers under him, by the navy, and by no few in Congress, there can be no doubt of early good results. The telegraph has furnished the readers of the Dispatch with full reports of the debates on Virginia thus far, and there is no necessity for alluding to them in a letter paragraph other than to say that the results so far have been very encouraging to the friends of Virginia. The indications given out by the debates in the Senate are particularly favorable. Great interest is felt in to-morrow's business, and it behooves every friend of Virginia, Republican and Democrat, to be in his scat. It is not improbable that the question will be finally and definitely settled and the State admitted before the end of the present week. The urgent editorial articles which now appear almost daily in the columns of the leading and most influential Republican journals at the North calling for the admission of the representatives from Virginia are having good effect. Prince Pierre Bonaparte, who shot Victor Noir, is well known by several parties here. He is a son of Lucien Bonaparte by a second marriage. Timon. The New Reconstruction Bill.-The bill seems to be a compromise measure, and will undoubtedly pass the House. The oath to be exacted from the members of the Legislature is not one of prohibition, like the test-oath, but one of discrimination and qualification-being substantially that exacted by the boards of registration during the election. The legislative committee of nine from Virginia, who were at the capital, express themselves satisfied with the bill, and believe that it will be generally acceptable to the Legislature. They are of the opinion that there is but one member of the Legislature who cannot take the oath prescribed. There are several, we think; but so few that no harm will result from their exclusion. How the Bill is Received.-The committee's bill fails to give satisfaction either to the moderate Republicans or the Democrats, although it is not quite as ultra as was to be expected. It is true it imposes no test-oath, but still its conditions are objectionable, and especially that feature which makes certain nets of the Virginia Legislature irrevocable. The bill will be fought step by step in its progress through the House, but there does not seem to be much doubt of its eventual passage. Mr. Bingham can hardly hope to get his bill through, and he and his friends will, therefore, probably accept thin as the least of the I evils.-Washington telegram to Baltimore Sun. Political Disabilities.-The sub-committee of the Reconstruction Committee again discussed this morning the numerous bills before them for the removal of political disabilities. There is some doubt in the minds of legal gentlemen as to whether a general law removing these disabilities can be passed under the fourteenth amendment; and there is a growing disposition among the more extreme men of the Republican party to oppose, for the present, the removal of all political disabilities. In view of this difference of opinion in the committee, no conclusion on the question was reached.-Washington telegram-Baltimore Sun. Another Story.-A Washington correspondent says it is stated that as soon as the Reconstruction Committee disposes of the reconstruction measures before them, they intend to prepare a bill removing political disabilities from all persons who are disfranchised by the fourteenth amendment. The present understanding is that the bill will be universal in its character. A similar measure is already pending in the Senate. How the Mistake Happened.-On Tuesday the Speaker explained that upon an actual count of the roll call, after the adjournment yesterday, it was found that upon Mr. Benjamin's motion to reconsider the vote it stood 77 in the affirmative and 77 in the negative. The Speaker therefore allowed his vote to stand in the negative, and the motion was lost. Under the rule of the House, when in making up the Journal an error of that character was discovered, the Journal clerk treated all subsequent proceedings as a nullity. The clerk had so treated it in this case, and therefore the question recurred immediately upon the passage of the bill, and that was now its condition. [Then the proceedings occurred as reported yesterday.] Judge Hoar.-Washington, January 11. It is positively stated to-night in well-in-formed circles that the President will make the nomination of Attorney-General Hoar to the Supreme Bench an Administration measure. Senators are given to understand that it is his nomination, and that if they reject Judge Hoar on account of locality, the influence of southern senators with the Executive will be to a certain extent put in jeopardy. The opposition to the nomination of Judge Pearre for the fourth circuit is lessening. The Judiciary Committee will almost unanimously urge his confirmation. Porter, a Radical congressman from Virginia, is making himself very conspicious in his efforts to delay the admission of Virginia, and to secure the application of the test-oath to the members of the Legislature.
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